This unit will provide students with hands-on experiences through a variety of activities and manipulatives. Representing mathematical concepts with manipulatives provide visual, spatial, tactile and kinesthetic input to the learner. Having a model to look at and move about, provides the student with the opportunity to experience math with greater participation and allows for infinite avenues of differentiation and problem-solving strategies. Problem-solving is challenging, mind-stretching and rewarding to the student. Math is a language that should be spoken and an art that should be seen and touched.
OBJECTIVES: Students will -
§ Discover geometric relationships.
§ Create and identify a variety of geometric shapes
§ Create and identify patterns
§ Experience patterns in numbers through addition, subtraction, multiplication and division
§ Understand symmetry – mirror, reflective, rational, vertical, horizontal
§ Use a variety of problem-solving techniques, such as, looking for patterns, guess and check, brainstorming, logical and deductive reasoning
§ Generate more than one solution to a problem
§ Evaluate a solution to determine if it meets all the given criteria
· The vocabulary of geometry.
· The exploration of geometric shapes and patterns.
· Problem-solving strategies using reasoning, deduction and the ability to draw conclusions.
Student assessment will be based on participation, use of problem-solving strategies, vocabulary and reasoning skills. Students’ enthusiasm, interest and understanding will be monitored. Students will complete all activities and products with a good understanding of the concepts taught.